Ford is taking the concept of downsizing to a whole new level with the introduction of the company’s new 1.0L three-cylinder EcoBoost petrol engine to the Ford Focus range in UK next month. This unit effectively replaces the naturally-aspirated (NA) 1.6L petrol lump, which also powers the Focus that we receive in Singapore.
The mini EcoBoost unit is available in two power trims. The lower end version produces 99hp with 170Nm of peak torque and returns a fuel economy of 4.8L/100km on the 5-door hatchback. It let out CO2 at 109g/km. For those who hungers for more power, there is a stronger 123hp version with 170Nm of peak torque (200Nm with overboost) between 1,400 and 4,500rpm. It is only slightly thirstier at 5.0L/100km on the 5-door model. Note that the 123hp lump produces the same horsepower as the existing 1.6L NA unit that our market is getting despite being smaller by 600cc.
"This is the third addition to our acclaimed EcoBoost engine family. Joining the 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre EcoBoost engines which span 150PS to 240PS, this 1.0-litre EcoBoost signals a new era of downsized, super frugal engines for the sub-130PS segment," said Graham Hoare, Ford's European executive powertrain director. The 1.0-liter EcoBoost, which Ford says can fit on a piece of A4 paper, was developed by UK-based engineers at Dunton and Dagenham.
I believe that Ford’s 1.6L NA units will eventually be phased out of production. For those who are thinking of getting the Focus, you might want to hold on to your purchase if you do not wish to find an out-going engine underneath the bonnet.